Rapid Prototyping and Craftsmanship Tools – Tata Motors/Tata Technologies
A. Ramakrishna is the Head (Research Appliances) and a very Senior Principal Scientist (Food Engineering, Packaging) of Defence Food Research Laboratory, DRDO, Min of Defence, Mysuru. He has 34 years of experience in development of polymer composites ,Food Processing on Functional, nutritional foods its process, systems and packaging systems including Altitude Specific, Mechatronics, Ready to Eat Food Technology ,Dairy technology, Agri-food processing, Anti-microbial Coats, Modelling, Rapid Prototyping, Nano-Technology, Agricultural Engineering , Environment-friendly Breathable Packaging for fruits, Vegetables, Renewable/non renewable energy equipments. He has developed Innovative food engineering systems with polymer composites ,demonstrated and installed based on armed force requirements for use in High altitude locations, Deserts, Naval ship galley, Marcos and Commandos. Er Ramakrishna is a highly innovative, dynamic, dedicated food technologist professional with over three decades of research, teaching and techno-managerial experience. His focus on composite polymer product innovation for armed forces with civilian spin -offs have helped in state- of- the- art technologies transferred to the Indian industries generating huge revenues also is an Import substitute.
His numerous accomplishments are evident from 11 patents, 91 publications and Invited lectures delivered in national/international journals/symposia. He has developed/Upgraded 105 Nos Food Processing and Packaging Machineries benefitting organisations and Indian food industries. He has Authored/co-authored 8 technical reports .He has installed 20 nos. of Food engineering equipments/ Machines for Indian Naval Ships, Air force and Army Borders. He is member of Board of Studies and academic bodies of various universities. He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers and a Life member for Indian Society for Technical Education, Indian Plastics Institute, Indian Science Congress and Association of Food Scientists and Technologists.
For his distinguished services to the services and Indian industries , he was honored with BEST SCIENTIFIC WORKER-1988, DFRL, DRDO, BEST OUTSTANDING ENGINEER-1990, Institution of Engineers, International Convention of Food Scientists and Technologists (I) Awards for BEST research papers-1993, 1995, 1999, 2004 to 2010, 2012 & 2014,Defence R&D Cash award-1993, DRDO PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE AWARD- 2005 (For contribution during development of retort processing technology), Dr. VASUNDHARA MEMORIAL AWARD for the best research paper-2006 and 2007, Dr. J. S. Pruthi award-2008 and 2017 on development of the New Packaging Machinery by Food Processors Association, India, Technology group award (DFRL/DRDO)-2008, DFRL-DRDO Scientist of the year award 2011, All India Food Processors Association (AIFPA), Dr Mahadevaiah Award 2014 for outstanding contribution to the development of food Processing Industries in the Country, Science Day Oration award-2016 for development of breathable packaging for fresh produces and National Technology award -2017 for development of Food Engineering systems for Armed forces at high altitudes.
"Plastic as we know it has only really existed for the last 60-70 years, but in that time it has transformed everything from clothing, cooking and catering, to product design, engineering and retailing.One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that they're designed to last - for a very long time. Nearly all of the 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic ever created still exists in some form today.
Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, but also one of the biggest business opportunities.
Did you know that today, 95% of plastic packaging material, valued at USD 80–120 billion annually, is lost to the economy. A staggering 32% of plastic packaging escapes collection systems, clogging urban waterways and polluting the ocean. The negative impact is estimated to cost society 40 billion USD annually. This exceeds the plastic packaging industry’s total profit pool.
This talk will outline how India is on the precipice of a plastics recycling revolution. The presentation will be hosted by Andrew Almack. His expertise is in using plastic waste as an enabler of sustainable livelihoods for urban wastepickers. Andrew has co-founded three award winning social enterprises in the field of waste management. He has worked in slums of South America, India and Indonesia to strengthen the informal recycling economy.
As the CEO of Plastics for Change his current work is focused creating sustainable livelihoods for the urban poor, while transitioning the industry towards a circular economy. Plastics For Change has developed a deal process and mobile platform which provides urban wastepickers access to fair & consistent incomes. The organization catalyzes brands and manufacturers to replace the use of virgin plastic with ethically sourced recycled plastic, thereby immediately improving the social and environmental impact of their products. This is sure to be an interesting talk you won't want to miss."
Satish and his firm Design Directions Pvt Ltd founded in 1988 by him and his better half - Falguni - also a graduate of NID Ahmedabad - combines design, technology, aesthetics and relevant materials to create a major impact on industrial, medical, electronic and consumer products. Design Direction's focus is on brand strategy, industrial design, visual communication and user interface design. Prior to starting his own company, Satish headed Bajaj Auto’s styling studio at Pune in the R & D from 1984.
Satish is a recipient of several local and international awards. Just to name one- he is the recipient of the Design of the Decade Award for a low cost water filter – Tata Swach, designed for the Tata Group, instituted by the Industrial Designers Society of America. He also recently received a Red Dot Award in Germany and a ‘G’ Mark (Good Design Mark) in Japan for an indigenously designed solar based computing device – Mobiliz. One of his products – MiraCradle – a Neonate Cooler was recently awarded in May 2017, the President’s award for Successful Commercialisation of Indigenous Technology.
Satish has been a jury member on several design award committees - local and overseas. Currently he is on the board of StAR (Society of Asian Rotomoulders). A founder member of the Association of Designers of India (ADI) and is a board member of the India Design Council (IDC) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. He is also a member of CII committee on design at the national level. He has been invited to speak at several National & International Design conferences.
Through his work, Satish has been able to raise a great level of awareness towards design in varied sectors and prove to that by sheer market success, the importance and benefits of industrial design. He has till date, successfully designed and launched over 650 + products in the Indian and international markets for a host of clients, ranging from the small scale sector to the heavy industry sector.
Some of Satish’s products are sold in over 40 countries. He holds many patents, design registrations, most of which have been licensed.
The Founder of Divide By Zero Technologies, Swapnil Sansare has hands on experience of rapid technology nearly a decade ago because of immediate requirement of parent company.
His fascination towards this additive technology worked as magnet for him and the seed of the company related to 3D printing was sown in his subconscious. His realization of the infinite power of this technology, along with limitations like not being accessible and affordable for growing organizations in India fuelled his determination.
His years of hard work, research and wealth of experience in the development of engineering products and sustainable systems led to birth of first Accucraft 3D printer i.e Accucraft studio S150 with the build volume of 6 inches cube. The product was an instant hit, which boosted his confidence and gave a shape and formation to his dream company 'Divide By Zero Technologies' - Infinite power of creation.
Under his guidance, Divide By Zero Technologies launched India’s 1st patented AFPM technology in 2016 . As a twist on traditional FDM/FFF technology, this technology delivers exceptional build speeds and strength at affordable rate. Which turned DBZ into a globally recognized brand along with multiple awards at international platform for its strong commitment to excellence.
Today DBZ’s repertoire includes 3 individual series of 3D printers, patented technologies, an expanding dealer network, a team of highly-skilled employees, multiple awards, international presence with more than 500+ corporate customers, and a sprawling new office & R&D centre in Mahape, Navi Mumbai, that enables newer innovations.
Niels Peter Flint
Niels Peter Flint (NPF) was born 1959 in Denmark. NPF is a pragmatic visionary designer / architect / artist who has worked with sustainability, as his approach to all his projects through his career.
He saw more than 33 years ago that sustainability is not only one of the major topics in his own field design / art, but it would become a global strategic paradigm.
NPF works with sustainability as an approach to everything he does - it is his passion and vocation in life. He integrates sustainability of any activity in his personal as well as professional life. His passion and commitment to sustainability is a continuation of his artistic, design and concept architectural skills. He integrates the best of his creative mind, art and design methods in his work with hardcore sustainable innovation, art and product development. He integrates the best of many worlds in a holistic approach to creating innovative sustainable projects that show new ways and where art, design and architecture are the guiding elements.
He is currently working primarily on what he defines as ”micro living design concepts” as well as architectural micro house concept development.
NPF has studied architecture / design at AAA, Aarhus and National School of Design, Denmark and set design at the Czech art university UMPRUM in Prague with among others world known set designer Josef Svoboda. NPF also studied performance art at (Aarhus Theatre Academy).
NPF started his professional career working with legendary Ettore Sottsas in Milan.
NPF has worked as an independent consultant for numerous companies varying from major international manufacturing companies like IKEA, Interface etc. to consultancies like Mckenzie, Razorfish etc.
NPF has a big passion for new (sustainable) materials and new appropriate technologies and he has been researching specifically on topics relating to how handle plastics in much more sustainable ways, but also materials like Hemp and organic cotton has been researched thoroughly.
NPF has created architecture and design projects and concepts, exhibitions, taught, lectured, created conferences, been jury in several design competitions, created set design, done performance art, written articles, created urban ecological concepts etc. - everything about art, design, architecture, creativity and sustainability.
NPF has lived all over the planet – he is currently residing in Copenhagen, Denmark and in Normandy, France where he is establishing a new studio / atelier & gallery. In Copenhagen NPF is developing new sustainable micro housing projects with Momentum+.
NPF is also doing talks and workshops around the planet.
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ARVIND KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA
Technically accomplished professional with over 40 years rich experience in the field of pharmaceauticals with renowned national and multinational companies from project planning, site management with well known organisations. Extensive background in complex and challenging environments with proven ability towards establishing and implementing the project of the company & represent the company with clients, architects, structural engineers, process consultants and strategic vendor partners. Distinction of effectively steering projects from the stage of conceptualisation to commissioning of bulk drugs & chemical plants for prestigious companies like ranbaxy laboratories, synthiko industries, pfizer ltd., Biochem synergy ltd (presently known as unichem laboratories), orchid chemicals and pharmaceauticals ltd. And parentrals drugs india ltd :. Having extensive exposure and experience in designing facility for a bulk drugs, chemical, pharmaceutical and iv fluids, water for injection project, starting from scratch to project planning & management, he is an enterprising leader with excellent analytical, planning & organisational skills.
Vijaya Kumar C
Serving in Aerospace and Defence domain for the past 29 years. Contributed for Development and production of various MOD programmes using advanced composites. Some of the key projects associated , made in India Helicopters (ALH) , Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Nishant, Rustom 2) , AEW & C programme (DRDO), Satellite launch vehicles (VSSC) and Supersonic missiles airframes (BrahMos). Recipient of Raksha Mantri award of excellence in import replacement in the year 2005. Winner of L&T Technology conclave award for Innovation in 2015. Participated as assessor at IIM (A) for L & T Management education programme and World Materials Forum at France.
Larsen & Toubro (Nov. 2013 onwards): Heading Advanced Composites manufacturing facility, Manufacturing Excellence Cell, Plant Maintenance & EHS departments at Vadodara. Advanced composites centre has accredited with NADCAP, Russian Attestation and Israel aerospace certification in addition to AS 9100 Rev. C. Successfully manufacturing and supplying composites panels for every PSLV satellite launch vehicle. Continuously supporting projects like ALH, LCH & LUH helicopters by supplying parts to M/s HAL. This centre developed indigenous transport & launch canisters and air-frames using composites for BrahMos missile project in technology support from DRDO. Actively aligning with various premier institutions, labs and forums in India for R&D and growth of composites technology.
Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd (Nov. 2006 to Oct. 2013): Head of Adv. Composites & Supply Chain management. Established composites centre, approval from HAL, DRDO and AS9100 certification. Contributed towards DRDO programmes, ISRO, HAL, Indian Navy & IAF.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (May 1988 to Oct. 2006): Involved in development & production of composites parts, assemblies and rotors to ALH, LCH Helicopter projects, Dornier aircraft composites structures. Served at various managerial positions. Successfully carried out TOT from M/s Eurocopter, EADS Germany for critical Rotor parts.
- Life member of Indian Society for Advancement of Materials & Processes (ISAMP) Professional Membership
- Life member of Indian Society for Non-destructive Testing (ISNT)
- Best technical paper presentation award in 14th World conference on NDT in 1998 Professional Membership
- Award of excellence for Import replacement from Union Minister of Defence in the year 2004 Professional Membership
- Winner of L & T Technology Conclave IV in Innovation and technology in 2015
Pioneering work: Establishment of CT SCAN as NDT technique for Helicopter rotor blades
Vivek Chaand Sehgal
Mr. V. C. Sehgal is the Chairman of Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG). He established Motherson in 1975 along with his mother. In 1977 he entered the field of manufacturing with a cable and wire manufacturing unit. Today SMG is a USD 9.1 billion Group present in 37 countries with over 230 facilities across the globe. Motherson Sumi Systems Limited (MSSL), the flagship company of the Group, is one of the largest auto ancillary companies in India.
The Group has a diversified product range covering wiring harnesses, rear view mirrors, integrated plastic modules, lighting systems and a wide range of modules and components. The Group today is one of the leading suppliers of rearview mirrors globally & the leading supplier of polymer modules in Europe, market leadership positions in wiring harnesses for heavy duty commercial vehicles in the American & European markets along with market leader positions in most of the other product verticals in India. Under the leadership of Mr. Sehgal, SMG has evolved as a leading full system solutions provider to the global automotive industry. MSSL features among the Forbes Asia Fab 50 companies. SMG is ranked 26th among the global automotive suppliers.
He is a visionary who has the ability of sighting opportunities for the benefit of the Group whether it be in the form of joint ventures or acquisitions. Today the Group has 26 partners for its various product ranges and has many successful acquisition to its credit.
Mr. Sehgal was adjudged Man of the Year 2010 by Auto Car Professional Magazine. He received Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for manufacturing in 2012. He has been adjudged the Best CEO, 2013 for Auto Ancillaries by Business Today Magazine in India and “CEO of the Year 2015” by Business Standard. He also received the Best CEO award in 2016 All Asia Executive Team Rankings for autos and auto parts sector by Institutional Investor Magazine. Recently, Mr. Sehgal has been adjudged Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, India by Ernst & Young.
Mr. Sehgal’s vision for establishing the Group as a full system solutions provider and a preferred vendor to all the customers propelled the expansion of the Group in new business areas. As he says “We are a NOT YET company”, he is always open to new ideas and has successfully spread this philosophy of openness to new ideas down the line in SMG.
20+ years experience in Advanced Manufacturing with expertise in 3d printing , composite manufacturing and Quality tools
Technical Chief, RP & Craftsmanship Tools Lab at Engineering Research Centre , Tata Motors , Pune heading the Rapid Prototype and craftsmanship tools lab and Design Model shop for Tata motors Mr Purohit is responsible for bringing new technologies in area of Manufacturing and model machining area
Worked as Senior Manager CAD / CAM / CNC, Engineering Research Centre , Tata Motors , Pune from Jan 2001 to Jan 2006 and was responsible for Design of tooling for Vacuum forming / Composites / Sheet Metals
Worked as Senior Engineer ,Control system Assembly in the Machine tool division Tata Motors , Pune ( Now TAL manufacturing solutions ) from Oct 1992 to Jan 2001 and was responsible for design and installation of pneumatic / hydraulic and electronics systems on special purpose machines produced by Tata motors also execution of special projects like paint booths, machining lines , robot BIW welding lines etc., and CNC programming for machines and robots
Worked as Project Engineer ,Forge Modernization Division Bharat Forge limited , March 1990 to October 1992 and was Involved with installation / Commissioning / productizing of fully automatic slender forging lines, Setting of computerized Management Information system for forging lines
Major Career Achievement: Introduction of Additive Manufacturing technologies in Tata Motors as well in India
Introduction of High speed, Accurate machining of complex parts
Introduction of Composite processes for Tata Motors
Introduction of Modular Fixturing Systems
Introduction of Cubing models in Tata Motors
Commissioning of challenging machining lines, paint booths and SPM’s
Installation and Commissioning of first fully automatic forging line in Asia at bharat Forge limited
Dr. Smita Bhatia brings nearly two decades of research and analytical experience in economics and environmental policies. She is based in India and focused on providing strategic advice on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Her consultancy practice is grounded in her global experience in academics and industry associations. She is currently advising GEM Enviro Management on EPR. In the past she served as the first Secretary General of PET Packaging Association for Clean Environment (PACE). Prior to consulting for PACE, Smita was Director at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan where she focused on Indian Environment Law. She continues to contribute as a Local Expert to the World Bank’s “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” project. She was also the lead consultant for the Pine Chemical Association, USA, in preparing their first ever Global Economic Impact report, titled “Global Impact of Modern Pine Chemical Industry”. Smita has worked at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in Washington DC, as Director, Chemistry and Industry Dynamics where she developed specific information and materials to support the social, technological and economic benefits of the products of chemistry. Before ACC, Smita worked as Senior Manager, Economics and Environment at Chemistry Industry Association of Canada where she promoted competitiveness and growth of the Canadian chemical industry through effective recommendations to stakeholders on regulatory and economic policies. As a consultant, Smita has advised Industry Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on a variety of education, immigration, S&T policy, and sub-Saharan Africa issues. Smita has also successfully completed a three-year tenure as a Visiting Fellow at the National Research Council Canada.
Smita has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics, an MS. in Applied Economics, an MA in Public Policy & Administration, an M.Sc. in Biophysics and, a B.Sc. in Human Biology. She seamlessly combines science, public-policy, and economics to offer unique insights on a wide-range of issues in different global regions.
When not thinking about waste management issues, Smita likes to sketch and paint. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to all kinds of music.
Diego Donoso is Business President for Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business unit.
He is responsible for the strategic direction, marketing, and global business performance of an award winning portfolio of innovative products leveraged across multiple high value markets like food and beverage packaging, health and hygiene, transportation and infrastructure.
Under Donoso’s leadership, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics has deepened its market participation across multiple value chains while expanding its presence in emerging geographies to set new records of profitability.
Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics is widely recognized as the industry leader for high performance polyethylene resins, specialty resins and adhesives that are used in consumer and industrial applications around the world.
Donoso joined Dow in 1991 as a trainee in the commercial area in São Paulo, Brazil
Over the next 20 years, he served in numerous marketing and commercial leadership positions for Dow’s resins and plastics franchise in both Latin America (Brazil, Argentina) and Europe (Switzerland, Italy).
In 2010, Donoso was appointed President of Dow Japan and Korea with added responsibilities for the Advanced Materials Division as Asia Pacific Regional Director based in Tokyo, Japan.
In early 2012, Donoso transferred to Dow corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan as Vice President of Thermosets and was subsequently promoted to his current role later that year. He is one of the few executive leaders in the company that has worked and lived in each of the primary operating regions for Dow – Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America.
A strong proponent of diversity and inclusion in the workforce, Donoso is Co-Chair of Dow’s North America WIN (Women’s Innovation Network) organization and is a frequent speaker to employee groups within Dow.
A Mechanical Engineer with more than 30 years of expertise in Healthcare, Consumer and Industrial Products, in areas of Design, Development and Operations.
He is interested in new technology, automation and product development. In his career, he built and led the teams to design and develop more than 100+ products and subsystems.
He was leading Brown field and Green field projects in India, China, Romania, Brazil and USA.
These plants are modernized with Robots and auto material handling systems.
His focus on cost competitive designs and processes helped business teams to maintain positive margins in an environment of price erosion.
His worked on 150+ injection moulds from India and abroad. He deployed Concurrent design and mould development to reduce time to market.
His project in Developing Carbon fiber product for healthcare in India resulted in 30% cost reduction.
He received awards from Mr. Jack Welch and Dr. Abdul Kalam for developing a Mobile Cathlab. He is a Gold medalist in PGDOM.
Supercraft3D is deploying Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) in Healthcare domain in Singapore and India.
Her practice is focused on making waste materials come to life again — the rebirth of materials that were once exiled to towering landﬁlls or incinerators. The advent of the mining industry in the industrial era brought about an obsession with virgin materials. Industries see raw material go into powerful machines that turn them into shiny new products, turning a blind eye to the little pieces of ‘industrial scrap’ produced with each manufacturing operation. Not only is this catastrophic for the environment but large quantities of materials that require highly sophisticated processes, copious amounts of energy and resources for manufacturing in the ﬁrst place, are wasted.
The Indian subcontinent has a rich tradition of recycling. This largely informal sector collects and segregates profuse amounts of industrial ‘waste’ on a daily basis. Many of the materials we regard as waste have the potential to become raw materials for new products and processes. Her projects are focused on rethinking the use of industrial waste materials by combining the knowledge & skills of traditional crafts with modern materials. In one process, the sophistication of traditional craft is capable of turning the most unrelenting of materials into ﬂuid surfaces through complex weaves. Many similar projects can use creative processes for enabling such an organic transformation of industrial waste into usable products.
She has worked for several years as a designer for various clients like Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Escada etc and during the course of her Material Futures study, she developed projects like Traditional Futures / Life of A Bullet etc. and after graduating, developed projects like Punāh and Jambudweep for Reincarnations etc for various clients. These projects are focused on India, its everyday waste and answering the problems seeded in the rapidly changing lifestyle in India.
Chemarc.com, is a next-gen digital platform for content, connectivity and collaboration for the chemical industry that aims to bring the full digital advantage to its business community.
Starting in the technical function at ICI India, Punit took up various leadership roles over 16 years in the chemical industry in operations, strategy, supply chain management, sales and marketing and business management at ICI and Atul Limited in India. He then moved to the venture capital fund, eVentures to work on B2B businesses and then to Comcraft Singapore for over 10 years in investment management where he was involved in setting up and scaling various businesses in India, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
Firm in his belief that time was right for companies to Grow Digital and seize opportunities in the digital age, Punit returned back to India after 14 years at Singapore to set up Chemarc.com together with Dilip Raghavan, Editor-Publisher of magazines such as Popular Plastics and Packaging, Paintindia and Colourage; these publications having a track record of service to the industry of more than 65 years and an engaged community of 25,000 companies doing a business of over USD 40 billion per year. Chemarc is further developing this community, connecting them and bringing solutions that help them create a great future for themselves
Krishna sai Inkoolu
Mr. Krishna Sai Inkoolu is a designer, tinkerer, product developer, loves innovate inclusive, affordable assistive technologies for the independence of Sensorial impairment people with a strong intent to facilitate and ease living for the challenging in the global context and he also has a inquisitive quest on the sustainable energy resources. He is also a visiting faculty for Toy & Game Design at National Institute of Design
He established a Product Design Studio INDQ (www.indq.in) providing technology and product development services mostly oriented on the research intensive assignments at Ahmedabad. His interest lies in social entrepreneurship, so materializing his interest he closely works with people who have multiple sensory impairment, blind people, hearing impairment and speech impediment.
Mr. Krishna was one of the top Innovators of the Country India and international Product designers Awardee,2014 India. First Indian student graduate to address at COSMOS CLUB- Washington DC, USA and delegations of India, visited Global Vision Center, Lockheed Martin Corporation United States of America.
One of his innovations is the Smart assistive footwear technology, an inclusive and affordable product beneficial for people with vision disorders like albinism, and macular degeneration, spatial vision disorder and those with visual Impairment and blindness. It is first of its kind attempt to address most of the challenges of the blind people mobility.The said innovation have been featured in National and International media CNBC-Moneycontrol, Bay news, UNICEF, TiE-Silicon Valley, India West etc.
Recently 2018, this product has been launched and demonstrated to distinguished Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu during the inauguration ceremony of International Center for Entrepreneurship and management at Devdholera
Mr.Krishna authors research publications, one of his recent publications is Designing Smart Shoes for Obstacle Detection: Empowering Visually Challenged Users through ICT in Springer Inc.
He was honoured with many recognitions and awards
- India Innovation Innovation Growth Awardee- 2014, INDIA, which was jointly initiated by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries) & Lockheed martin Corporation- USA, Stanford Graduate School of Business-USA, University of Texas- USA and Dept. of Science and Technologies- India.
- Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award, India
- Top 500 International "Rolex Awards for Enterprise" winner, The United States of America.
- The Best Product designer’s award by Indian Institute of KGP – 2014 India
- The Best Business plan of the year- Andhra University – 2015 India"
Nishant Shah is the Director – Engineering, for Imaginarium India Pvt Ltd, India’s largest 3D printing company. He has been associated with this technology for over 9 years now and is passionately working towards providing the best in service and quality in this sector.
With a background in Mechanical Engineering, Nishant acquired his Masters in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering & Management from the United Kingdom where he majored in various AM courses. He is also a Certified Chartered Engineer. Prior to Imaginarium, Nishant served as the Director-India, for a British owned, China based Prototpying Service Bureau for over 5 years.
He has been actively involved in providing services for and promoting SLA, SLS, 3D Printing, DMLS along with other traditional prototpying technologies and their applications for a wide range of business sectors within India and abroad. When not with his machines he enjoys researching about latest manufacturing technologies and ways to integrate for better output. Nishant is very passionate about this industry and plans to continue promoting it and continue providing the best Additive Manufacturing Services, Technology & quality products across India and to the world.
With more than 20 years of experience in Polymer Materials. She is currently heading Polymer Department at Tata Motors- Engineering research Centre. She has given presentations at various national / international conferences and represented Tata Motors on product sustainability activity at various forums.
With 3 patents filed & several published papers at international level, Asmita is an expert on product sustainability.
At Tata Motors she is responsible for, Forecasting, tracking various environmental and Polymer material based global regulatory requirements. Identifying emerging & advance technologies/ materials based on latest trends & implementation of the same. Development & validation of polymeric components/ assemblies for current as well as future vehicle models by offering cost effective & Quality enhanced solutions. Identifying end product requirements, creating new test techniques for material characterization, formulating new test standards / test specifications
PravinSinh Is an Industrial Designer with specialization in Furniture and Interior Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with more than 15 years of experience working in India and Italy. He has worked on various high profile Interiors, Designing boutiques and Retails stores around the world.
He is a Bamboo lover and creates Contemporary Luxuries products from Bamboo. Few of his bamboo products are well curated in World Bamboo Museum South Korea. His works are well published and has achieved many awards.
At present he is a professor at NID, Ahmedabad heading Furniture and Interior Design, Center for Bamboo Initiatives and International Center for Indian Crafts.
Has more than 20+ years of experience in the footwear industry. Currently he is the Director at Mochiko Shoes Private Limited, which is one of the most advanced and state-of-the-art sport shoes manufacturers in the country.
Worked as the Head of Operations at Reebok Technical Services (and later Adidas Technical Services) till 2012. In this role he was responsible for managing footwear sourcing for both Reebok and Adidas brand. During the Reebok tenure, he was deputed to China as a Development manager to manage the Walking category for Reebok, USA. He was instrumental in introducing molded EVA midsole (Phylon) in India and also in setting up the first EVA and TPU injection facility for footwear sector in India. He also started the 3D unit bottom in EVA in India.
He has also been involved in multiple innovative projects; joint development of medicated footwear line for one of the leading hospitals in India, developed few projects for Indian Defence, worked on socio-economic footwear project and defined specialized sports footwear curriculum to name a few. Currently working on direct injection of PU in sports footwear in coordination with a renowned polymer supplier.
He is a Mechanical engineer by qualification and holds a management degree in Footwear Technology.
Raj Madangopal is the CoFounder and COO of Banyan Nation. Raj is passionate about solving societal problems through technology innovations. He leads technology and operations at Banyan including the development of plastic cleaning solutions and IoT data intelligence platforms for effective city waste management operations. Prior to Banyan, Raj worked at Voltari Corp. building teams, architecting technical solutions, designing, developing, and driving customer experience for $100Million+ products with 10Million+ customers. He holds an MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware
I graduated in communication design from Pearl Academy in 2014. After that I did a short course on entrepreneurship to hone my skills other than design.
Why did I start a venture into a completely different field from mine: There were multiple factors which led me to start this footwear venture. I have hyper flexible ligaments because of which I used to experience frequent knee injuries. Doctors advised me to use my knee joints less otherwise it would lead to an early onset of arthritis which is very common in women. This got me inquisitive about body biomechanics, I started reading about it, took classes from orthopaedists. I found the subject very interesting…….in a different context I was contemplating how uncomfortable high heels are for me and women in general. When I digged deeper, I got to know that it’s an industry run by men making a product which they cannot wear. I thought that when I was already investing time on biomechanics why not capitalize on that and solve the problem of uncomfortable high heels.
Future plans: It’s been two years, while I have been able to hire for different challenging roles, the one which is still vacant is a social entrepreneur who genuinely feels about underprivileged children. We do not just want to create an organization or an NGO, but research and improve the ones which are already there. The focus would be to create an emotional space which feels like home to abandoned kids where they don't feel away from their families, deprived of love and care. Where they don’t have to mature so young." but before this, there are a lot of NGOs which are struggling to make their ends meet, the first step would be troubleshoot that. We are looking for entrepreneurs who could team up with us and bring about this revolution.
After high heels, I plan to work on my dream venture of creating comfortable flat footwear where one can walk for longer hours without experiencing much of foot pain. This in particular shall be a very challenging project with very sleek chances of success. I’m looking for cofounders from polymers for scaling up the business.
Guru Sankar Rajan
Dr. Guru Sankar Rajan is the Polymer Head at Mahindra and Mahindra. He did his Master’s in Polymers at the University of Madras. He graduated with his doctoral degree at the University of Cincinnati specializing in plastics and elastomeric nanocomposites. Then he pursued his post – doctoral associateship at the University of Southern Mississippi in the area of polymer magnetic nanocomposites. He worked at a Small Business Innovation Research company in the US. He was at Fiat Chrysler US and Fiat Chrysler India for more than 8 years as Head of Materials Engineering before joining M&M.